The 5th largest city (by area) in the US gets more relief for small businesses and non-profits

Excerpted from the Jax Daily Record:

The second round will go to 66 organizations; money for COVID-19 cleaning costs also OK’d.

City Council approved two bills Aug. 11 that will provide $7.24 million in COVID-19 relief to small businesses and nonprofits.

Mayor Lenny Curry administration officials scored the assistance requests. They considered the amount each applicant requested, how the organization impacts local employment and the number of people reached by its services, according to Curry Chief of Staff Jordan Elsbury.

Small Business ReliefAbout $3.4 million is from federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act money in the city’s general fund contingency account. The remaining $3.78 million is unused money in the city and VyStar Credit Union’s COVID-19 small business loan and grant program.

This is the second round of funding for nonprofit and for-profit organizations. In June, the Council approved $16.54 million for 72 nonprofit and for-profit groups. That funding was from the CARES Act.

Business cleaning and sanitation grants

City Council approved 13-5 a bill that will reimburse businesses up to $10,000 for COVID-19-related cleaning and sanitation costs.

Council members Aaron Bowman, Al Ferraro, Leanna Cumber, Ron Salem and Rory Diamond voted against the bill.

Council member Garrett Dennis proposed the bill. It sets aside $1 million for the program.

Businesses must have operated in Duval County for at least a year and employ two to 100 people to be eligible. They also must be able to demonstrate the financial impact of deep cleaning and sanitation because of a positive COVID-19 test after May 4.

The business must show receipts documenting the costs of the deep cleaning to receive funding.

By: Katie Garwood Staff Writer. This excerpt is republished from the Jax Daily Record under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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